Former Camden Town Manager James O. Plumley III and Smyrna contractor Mark A. Moore were arrested Thursday for fraudulently charging the town of Camden for repairs that never took place, the Camden Police Department said.


Former Camden Town Manager James O. Plumley III and Smyrna contractor Mark A. Moore were arrested Thursday for fraudulently charging the town of Camden for repairs that never took place, the Camden Police Department said.

At the Jan. 11 Town of Camden Public Workshop, the Camden Police learned of several questionable invoices for work on town properties, Camden Police Captain Gary R. Melvin said in a press release. A review of documents related to the questionable bills initiated an investigation, he said.

That investigation uncovered more than “$120,000 in fraudulent charges for imaginary repairs,” Melvin said.

“Evidence obtained implicated the former town manager/CFO in the plot to defraud the Town of Camden,” he wrote. “The scheme took place between March of 2010 and February of 2011 and involved three town properties.”

Camden police arrested Plumley, 60, of Camden, and charged him with two felonies – theft and second-degree conspiracy – and two misdemeanors – official misconduct and profiteering.

Officers also arrested Moore, 45, of Smyrna, for theft and conspiracy in the second degree, both felonies.

Both were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 via video, Melvin said. Moore was released on a $27,500 unsecured bond. Plumley was released on a $27,000 unsecured bond.

Plumley resigned in mid December, Camden Mayor Richard E. Maly said Friday.

“His letter of resignation stated it was for personal reasons, nothing more,” Maly said.

The Camden Town Council’s Jan. 11 workshop agenda included a discussion on the vacant town manager's position. Council discussed forming a search committee to find a new manager, Maly said.

Plumley’s two positions – that of town manager and chief financial officer – paid him about $82,000 per year, Maly said.

He declined to comment beyond that, citing the fact that the investigation is ongoing.

Camden Police Chief William E. Bryson said the investigation would continue until he was satisfied that no other funds had been misappropriated.